Pioneer Day, also known as Days of '47 or simply the 24th of July, marks the day in 1847 when Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. It's an extra summer holiday for most Utahns, celebrated in much the same way as the 4th of July with picnics, parades, rodeos, concerts and fireworks.
Days of '47 events are held throughout the spring, but most occur in the week or so before the 24th. Here's a list some of the best Pioneer Day events.
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The Days of '47 Pops Concert features Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale, West Valley Symphony of Utah, and Salzburger Echo
Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, 7:30 p.m
123 West South Temple
801-363-9708 or email@example.com
The concert is free to the public, but tickets are required.
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This all-kids parade is a fun warmup for the "big show" on the 24th. The parade is followed by a Family Festival at Washington Square (200 East and 500 South). Please bring one or more food item for the Utah Food Bank.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Parade starts 10 a.m.
Route starts at 600 East and 500 South, runs west on 500 South to 200 East, and ends at 200 East and 500 South.
Free, Televised by KUTV 2
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During this family-oriented event, you can walk in the footsteps of the 1847 pioneers in a festive and commemorative hike that follows Emigration Creek through beautiful Salt Lake City neighborhoods. Five miles total.
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7 a.m.
Donner Park (2770 E. 990 S.)
The hike is free, but please register in advance. Contact Wayne Howcroft at 801-463-1045.
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The concert continues an annual tradition of commemorating the arrival of the first Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.
Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, 2015, 8 p.m.
LDS Conference Center
60 W. North Temple
Standby seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the Friday and Saturday performances. The standby line is formed at the North Gate of Temple Square.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Meet the creators and technicians behind the 2015 Days of ’47 Parade floats and see how it all comes together. Vote for your favorite float and, after the Preview Party ballots are counted, watch the banners on July 24th to see if your favorite float won the “People’s Choice” or the “Children’s Choice” award.
Monday and Tuesday, July 20-21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center
9575 South State St
Sandy, UT 84070
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The Days of ‘47 Rodeo is traditionally Utah’s largest rodeo, drawing world champion cowboys, cowgirls and rough stock.
July 21-25, 2015, 7 p.m.
30 W. South Temple
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The Deseret News Classic is USATF sanctioned and a Boston Marathon qualifier. It's a great downhill with a total 3200 foot elevation drop. The 10K is also a fun downhill that finishes along the parade route with cheering crowds.
Friday, July 24, 2015
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- Marathon 5:30 a.m. at Big Mountain above Emigration Canyon
- Half Marathon starts 6 a.m. up Emigration Canyon; shuttle from Rice-Eccles Stadium
- 10K 6 a.m. Research Park on Chipeta Way, University of Utah Campus
- 5K Walk 7 a.m. Wasatch Elementary School Playground
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The Days of '47 parade is Utah's biggest parade, and many families camp out on the streets the night before to ensure a great seat to catch it all the following morning.
Friday, July 24, 2015, 9 a.m.
Route starts at South Temple and State Street running east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East in Salt Lake City.
Free, Televised on KSL 5
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One of Salt Lake City's biggest Native American Celebrations includes in intertribal powwow, music, dancing, crafts, food and celebrity appearances.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Liberty Park, 1100 S. 600 E.
Food/craft booths 7 a.m. until fireworks
12 Noon until Fireworks
Powwow $5 (under 6 & over 65 Free)
All other events/activities free
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Utah's Pioneer Days at West Jordan includes vendors, games, Dutch oven cook-off, bouncy houses, dunk tank, climbing wall, human hamster balls, pony rides, petting zoo, softball tournament, iron man contest, tug of war, and three-legged races. Guests can participate in authentic pioneer games such as greased pig chase, mutton bustin', blacksmith activities, sack races, flour snowball fights, bumper balls and more.
July 23 and 24, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
1985 W. 7800 S.
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The Youth Pioneer Pageant features hundreds of children and young adults from all across the country as they share their talents through dancing, singing, and live theatrical entertainment. This production re-enacts the stories of the pioneer trek West and their attempt to settle the untamed valleys and mountains of Utah.
July 23 and 24
Doors Open: 7 p.m.
Pre-Show 8 p.m.
Show Begins: 9 p.m.
Firework Finale: 10 p.m.
West Jordan Arena
8125 S. 2200 W.
West Jordan, UT 84084
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This is the Place to Celebrate! Pioneer Days at This is the Place Heritage Park begins with a flag raising ceremony and ends with the bang of a candy cannon. Enjoy some of the same activities that brought joy to the weary pioneers following their long journey: watermelon eating contest, candy cannon, panning for gold, train rides, music, crafts, and more.
Friday, July 24, 2015, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is the Place Heritage Park
2601 East Sunnyside Ave.
$11 Adults, $8 Seniors and Children, 2 and under free
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Real Salt Lake will battle Sporting KC Thursday, July 24 at 9 p.m.
Rio Tinto Stadium
9256 S. State St.